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Colts vs Easts - Round 11 - 2016/17

As the sun rose on a crisp Sunday morning in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Gordon Colts side led by Aaron Crofts were met by Eastern Suburbs. It was 1st vs 3rd in a vital match for both sides. Skipper Croft lost the first battle and the Colts were in the field, the smell of freshly made cappuccinos and soccer mums walking around in their active wear were abundant. 

Jory and Danusha opened the bowling and bowled tight areas, Danusha snicking off a kid who looked like he hadn't passed primary school yet. 

Prashan then came on with immediate impact clean bowling their captain and Number 3 in his first few overs. 

James Brown coming back from an ego boosting private school game continued where Prashan left off and provided excellent flight and drift. Did Shane Warne just come out of retirement? The only thing missing was a sloppy rig and streaky blonde hair.

James Brown bowling with superb flight and control. 

After Oliver Williams nearly killed Jory with a ball ricochet into Jory’s sunglasses leaving an attractive scar under his eye, the Eastern Suburbs outfit were struggling at 6/64. They needed a big partnership to get them out of trouble and fortunately due to good, tight bowling Eastern Suburbs were skittled for a measly 106 with Jory picking up 3 at the end.

Eastern Suburbs 109 (Jory Cureton 3/11 off 9, Prashan Seneviratne 2/9 of 6, Danusha Seneviratne 2/20 of 10, James Brown 2/22 off 10, Aaron Crofts 1/19 off 7)

Colts openers Fraser and Andrew strolled out to the middle looking positive and attacking play guided Fraser, who also came back from a time-wasting school game, to a solid 28. 

However wickets were falling at the other end, although Aaron Crofts halted the flow of wickets by providing great strokeplay, including a monster dinger into the stands (can report no crowd catch was taken). 

Prashan and Jory batted until stumps with Gordon finishing day 1 at 5/76 chasing 106 for first innings points; a nervous run chase indeed.

Day 2 arrived in approximately 161 hours and Trumper Oval spectators were about to witness one of the most entertaining cricket matches since the first tied test in 1960.

Jory playing his shots at Trumper.

Prashan and Jory were ticking the runs along nicely but within a blink of an eye Jory, Danusha and James were incorrectly given out in one of the worst umpiring displays on a cricket field. Independent umpires do make mistakes but to have 3 going against us within 20 minutes is unheard off. 

But such is life and Prashan after given a healthy promotion from 11 to 7 was really proving to the rest of the team he can hold a stick, batting out of his skin with the tail. 

Gordon needed 13 runs off the last wicket and the stress was showing, fingernails were getting bitten off, hair loss was real and the posh Eastern Suburbs felt like a chamber of immense pressure. 

Dylan Hood playing his first game for the club, definitely a very good rig-based selection, strutted onto the wicket looking calm, definitely provided a boost to get the boys closer to the target. The famous Dylan Hood cut shot, the solid Prashan defence and that Eastern Suburb bowler who bowled legit 8 no balls guided us to first innings points.

Gordon 108 (Fraser 28, Crofts 26, Prashan 11, Dylan 10)

With a lead of only 2, Gordon's bowling unit needed another repeat performance of their first innings and that was initially happening with Jory bowling the kid from kindy...these Poms have no mercy. 

A partnership was on the verge of getting away until on the stroke tea, Shane Warne (James Brown) bowled a flighted delivery only for the batsmen to hit to the leaping Fraser Wilson, a spectacular mark, reminiscent of the “Leo Barry you star” 2005 AFL Grand Final iconic moment. 

With good vibes heading into the next session, it was Dylan Hood cleaning up the tail with the help of James Brown. They took 7 between them due to some brilliant controlled bowling.

Good catching by Colts, Danusha taking this one in the deep.

Side Note - Afternoon tea was delightful, some roast chicken, herb bread, donuts, lollies, watermelon, all the good stuff, however it was clearly not as good as our afternoon tea.

Eastern Suburbs 126 (Dylan Hood 4/15 off 4.4, James Brown 3/18 off 9, Jory 2/33 off 7)

Now it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting, the wind chill coming across, the equation was ...Gordon need 125 of 17 overs to practically burgle 10 competition points. 

All the hours of watching the Big Bash would be coming down to this, it was time for our batsmen to peg back the ears and go downtown. 

A change in the batting order promoted Brady to open with Fraser and he got us off to a great start before Fraser chopped on. Next was Jory, coming into the crease with the attitude of “it’s six or it's out”,..... we’ll see how that goes chief. 

98 runs later and oh boy what a partnership, it was boundary after boundary, including one 6 that was caught by Mr Oliver Williams in the crowd, congratulations to Oliver $10,000 coming his way. Brady and Jory seemingly destroying the Easts bowlers to all parts of the field and was a wonderful partnership to watch, was this were Marcus Stoinis got his hitting inspiration from?

More importantly the required run rate was at run a ball when Matt Keane came to crease to produce one of the most exciting 2 ball innings ever in cricket. A disrespectful 6 first ball over the sight screen was met with loud cheers from the Gordon faithful before being out next ball. 

10 points! What an superb performance!
And well kitted out in Beastwear gear!

It was now Skipper Aaron and Brady (who reached his 55) finishing it off for us, giving us the valuable 10pts to go outright first on the ladder. 

What a performance, what a game, what a sport. This is why we play cricket, to shake hands with a defeated, devastated opposition with a massive smile and a "thanks champ".

Gordon 3/127 (Brady 58 Jory 46)

Danusha "Big D" Seneviratne

 

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